The epic and ultimate show's final episodes are almost upon us. Here's what we know so far which includes everything in brief.
In Starting of 2019 phase, HBO tweeted about what we were thinking: "It’s now has been an officially the year for Game of Thrones to come back." The hit drama, based on George R. R. Martin's fantasy series, finally come back for its eighth and final season this spring—about a year and eight months after the Season 7—and it'll be full of surprise, drama, action, and surprises.
Below, we've rounded up everything to expect this year from Season 8 Game Of Thrones.
Last year on November 13, HBO released a teaser trailer for Game of Throne’s final season, which unfortunately doesn't offer any updated footage, but it does confirm that the show will return in April 2019.
However, by our sources, a more recent teaser confirmed Season 8 will get premiere on Sunday, April 14. It will air by the usual time, 9:00 p.m ET/PT, on HBO, the network confirmed. In recent Trailer The sneak peek shows Arya Stark, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark together (since Season 1), walking through the crypts at Winterfell. , strangely at the end of the hall Arya Stark, Jon Snow and Sansa find their own graves even after passing by the graves of Ned, Catelyn, and Lyanna Stark. The question arise over here that Will Season 8 mark the end of the Starks?
As HBO previously announced that Game of Throne’s eighth and final season will get premiere in April 2019.
Members of the cast also gave hints about return date of GoT. Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark confirmed during an interview with Variety: “Game of Thrones will come out in April 2019.”
By the end of January month, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark also announced what month the show will be returning this year. "We wrap [production] in December and we air our first episode in April ," she told Metro.
HBO's Casey Bloys also previously confirmed that Season 8 would premiere in the "first half" of 2019, Deadline reported.
In June 2016, HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced for Season 8 that it would be last episode for Game of Thrones while "[The showrunners] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they are in need to do," he said while press tour. "If I could get more then I would take 10 more seasons. But we have to take their lead on what they need to make the best version so far of their show."
At the end of Season 6, David Benioff and D.B. Variety been told by Weiss that their might only 13 episodes left, even for Season 7 and six for Season 8.
Also HBO announced that writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
Though the number of episode count has decreased but the runtime will not. While according to GoT's sound designer, Paula Fairfield, the episodes have traditionally been an hour long, the ones in Season 8 are clocking in at 80 minutes or may be more. Apparently the team did not decide a cap on episode length (yet). “It would be excessive if it seems like Almost or more than two hours per episode, but it's a great show, so who knows?" said by president of HBO Casey Bloys.
Indeed, Richard Pleper chief HBO chief, who's gotten an early look at the season, told Variety that it feels like "six movies," even without the CGI added yet. The episodes were rumored to be 90 minutes each, said by the Outlet
However, one of the report from a TV network convention in France suggests that the other than first two episodes of the season last four are 80 minutes each, according to Entertainment Weekly. However, HBO hasn't confirmed those numbers. Weiss also says it's possible that these measurements might be an estimation but the 60-minute long episodes could really run for under an hour, while the 80-minute episodes might actually be between 70-85 minutes long sometimes.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen snuggle up in the cold.
Entertainment Weekly reports said that the first episode begins with Daenerys arrives to Winterfell, with Jon Snow and her army in tow. (It’s basically a callback to King Robert Baratheon’s arrival to the Stark stronghold in the very first episode.)
EW adds, “What follows is a thrilling and tense intermingling of characters — some of whom have never previously met, many who have messy histories — as they all prepare to face an inevitable invasion of the Dead Army.”
Sansa is also not too happy about Jon’s new girlfriend and Queen. (Remember in the last season he pledged his allegiance to her on the boat, after the battle against the Night King.) On the other side, things need to be kept in mind is Arya also waiting at Winterfell making herself ready for reunion with Jon and discovered that on is Rhaegar Targaryen’s only son and heir to the throne.
In a new video promoting its various programs, HBO teased a clip of Game of Thrones, first pieces of footage unveiled from the upcoming season. The sneak peek shows Jon and Daenerys’ will return to Winterfell, and Sansa and Daenerys’ will have their first meeting eye to eye.
Sansa is not completely safe even after little finger won’t be playing any role in Season 8. “This season, there’s a new threat to Sansa, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end," Turner told Variety. "And without Littlefinger, it’s a test for Sansa, whether she can get through it. It’s going to be a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. Season Eight is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight.”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) appeared to hint that Season 8 starts filming last fall in a new interview. "I don’t know what’s going to happen and what’s going to take place in next season, he told Collider in August 2017. "We would go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, perhaps we’ll get the scripts and I can find out."
In a recent interview, Ser Devos as Liam Cunningham revealed that filming is slated to start on October 16 or 19. The cast is expected to gather and read scripts and start rehearsing on October 8. "We going to film right up until the summer ends,” he told TV Guide.
In early July, GoT’s fan site Watchers on the Wall quoted sources saying that filming the show was done—forever. At around the same time, star Maisie Williams important to her character, Arya Stark, with a heartfelt (yet bloodied) post on Instagram.
"goodbye belfast. goodbye arya. goodbye game of thrones. what a joy i’ve had” she wrote.
The ultimate face-off between the humankind and White Walkers in next season will also include the series’ biggest battle upto date. In GoT’s Season 8 the crew spent 55 night shoots for the battle’s outdoor scenes at Winterfell alone, Weekly reports given by Entertainment. Afterwards, they continued filming the same battle for weeks even after they moved to a studio.
There will also be a multiple focal points in the combat sequence. The battle “intercuts between multiple characters were involved in their own survival storylines where each feels like its genre of their own,” according to EW
The Winterfell set was even expanded for to accommodate for the fighting; the Stark stronghold got a castle exterior, larger courtyard, and more interconnected rooms.
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) says the Season 8 battle “makes ‘Battle of the Bastards’ look like a theme park.”
Casey Bloys, HBO's president of programming, also revealed that the Game Of Throne team will film multiple endings for the series finale to ensure no spoilers are leaked during production. It also means that actors won't even know the real ending chosen for the show until it airs or will get premier.